The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is set to be expanded by 19 million more acres by the Obama administration.
Though conservation groups have been working to block the overtaking of the Ivanpah Valley, citing the inability of endangered animals to absorb wide industrial change, many environmentalists, utility and solar companies find the Mojave desert a gem for power production. By opening up more land in the desert and providing incentives, the American government hopes companies will quickly cluster their projects in the area.
The government is faced with deciding whether the ends justify the means. The controversial plan is a difficult trade-off, as there are concerns that placing man-made pieces in the only desert in America will only counter any environmental gains made.
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